[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The only thing more outrageous than the premise of “hate crime” legislation that inherently values the lives of some over others is the fact that some of these so-called “hate crimes” are elaborate hoaxes done to gain attention.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]No- not all who are assaulted by those with prejudices are making it up; however, hoaxes have arrived on the public’s radar with enough frequency to cast a pall of suspicion upon those who cry “hate crime!”
One such hoax has been brought to light.
According to the Associated Press, authorities believe that a 21 year-old man, Rick Jones, could face charges for having faked a series of “hate crimes.”
The purported attacks began with a beating at his family’s pizza business in April that left Jones with head and facial bruising.
Five days later, the family’s home was found spray-painted with a homophobic slur. On June 10, a rock and a molotov cocktail were thrown through the window of the home. That same day, the business was spray-painted, broken into and robbed of $1,000.
Jones told KSL-TV earlier this month he believed he was targeted because he is gay.
Dekker said prosecutors are considering possible charges including filing a false report and reckless burning.
Tolman said Jones didn’t have any criminal intent and the outpouring of support after the allegations became public was a good message.
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox publicly declared his support after the allegations were reported. Cox said Tuesday that he’s relieved that the troubling allegations weren’t authentic, but he’s concerned for Jones and his family and hopes they find “peace and healing.”
Amazingly enough, Jones’ attorney tried to defend the admitted hoax by citing the supposed difficulties facing homosexuals.
Brett Tolman, an attorney for Jones, said the reports were a cry for help initially directed toward people close to him, and Jones didn’t realize how much attention they would get.
“I think it’s such good evidence of the difficulties members of the gay community deal with, and some make better choices than others,” Tolman said.
Tolman also noted,
“He’s a troubled young man that has gone through a lot in his life. He’s a 21-year-old gay man living in Delta, Utah. In a very conservative community, in a conservative family, who love him very much but may have some issues to work through.”
Remember, kids: if you start an elaborate hoax that strains a community and creates further division and hatred, it’s all forgiven if you’re a homosexual.
The family released a statement indicating that they would be returning the GoFundMe funds that poured-in after this hoax:
“Rick and his family are grateful for the expressions of support, but cannot accept this generosity. All donations are being returned to the donors.
Rick and his family are cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation and are appreciative of Millard County and the State of Utah for their approach in this case.
While that cooperation continues, the family has no further comment at this time.”
The premise behind “hate crime” statutes is antithetical to the premise of true equality. What “hate crime” statutes do, in effect, is prioritize the well-being of some over the well-being of others.
Were you smashed in the head with a rock? That’s awful! The perpetrator will be caught and punished. However, if the assaulter did the same thing to a homosexual man earlier that night, he should expect to see much more-severe consequences.
See how that works? All are equal in the eyes of the law. However, if you’re killed because of your Rolex instead of because you’re a homosexual, your life simply isn’t worth as much. #Equality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]